10 Best: Hotels with Totally Creepy Pasts

  • Haunted house

    Spend a Spooky Night at One of These 10 Haunted Hotels

    Broken hearts and suicides, wounded soldiers and drownings. Such are the tragedies that seem inextricably connected with spectral sightings and mysterious thumps in the night. If you want to spend a sleepless night rubbing elbows with some of the country's most infamous ghosts, check in to one of these 10 Best hotels with a eerie history. Just make sure you check out...

    Photo courtesy of Shane Gorski

  • Hotel Monteleone

    Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans

    Among Hotel Monteleone's dozen or so ghostly guests is a young boy named Maurice Begere. Maurice and his parents, Josephine and Jacques, were tragically killed in a buggy ride while staying at the hotel in the 1800s, and Maurice has been spotted on the 14th floor looking lost and asking for help. Another boy apparently enjoyed his stay at the Monteleone so much, he began appearing there after his death to play hide-and-seek with a young girl's spirit.

    Photo courtesy of Dan Silvers

  • The Stanley Hotel

    The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park

    On June 25, 1911, Miss Elizabeth Wilson was lighting lanterns during a storm as part of her duties as head housekeeper. An acetylene explosion broke both her ankles while she was working in room 217, and it's said she continues to take extra care of guests staying in that room. Staff and guests report hearing ghostly celebrations in the ballroom late at night and children running through the halls of the upper floors. Stephen King's novel The Shining was inspired by the novelist's stay in room 217 the night before the Stanley Hotel closed down for several weeks.

    Photo courtesy of The Stanley Hotel

  • The Queen Mary

    The Queen Mary in Long Beach

    The ocean liner-turned-hotel known as the Queen Mary is considered by many to be a hotbed of paranormal activity, and with her long and often violent history, it's no wonder. Known as the Grey Ghost during World War II, the ship was avoiding enemy fire by zigzagging through the water when she crashed into the Curacoa, her companion ship. The vessel cracked in half, but Queen Mary was ordered to leave the 300 passengers to drown. They're sometimes heard banging on the hull at the front end of the ship, begging for rescue.

    Photo courtesy of The Queen Mary

  • The Driskill

    The Driskill in Austin

    During a Texas Senate session in 1887, the Driskill Hotel experienced its first death when the young daughter of a senator fell down the grand staircase while chasing a ball. Among the many spirits said to occupy the Driskill, Austin's most haunted hotel, is the spirit of a young girl seen chasing a ball through the lobby and the ladies bathroom. Legend has it that two brides-to-be both committed suicide in room 525 – 20 years apart exactly – and the room has since been plagued with strange happenings.

    Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge

  • Hot Lake Springs

    Hot Lake Springs in La Grande

    The Hot Lake Hotel was once a thriving resort for the country's rich and famous due to its healing thermal hot springs, but after much of it burned down in 1934, things changed. The hotel closed and reopened as a nursing home and then --supposedly-- an asylum before being left to the elements for more than a decade. Should you stay the night at the reopened Hot Lake Springs, you may spot the ghost of a gardener who hung himself behind the hotel or hear screams coming from what was once the surgery wing.

    Photo courtesy of Hot Lake Springs

  • La Fonda on the Plaza

    La Fonda in Santa Fe

    The bit of ground currently occupied by La Fonda in Santa Fe Plaza has served as an inn dating back to the Old West. It was here that a man was lynched in 1857, a judge shot to death in the lobby in 1867 and a businessman committed suicide by jumping into a well after gambling away his wealth (according to local legend). All are said to make appearances from time to time.

    Photo courtesy of La Fonda on the Plaza

  • Site of the Lizzie Borden Murders

    LIzzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River

    On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found dead, having been brutally murdered with a small hatchet. Their daughter Lizzie was put on trial for the murders and later acquitted, but the community ostracized her for the remainder of her life. Today, guests can stay in the home where the murders occurred and even eat the same breakfast Andrew and Abby had just before their untimely deaths.

    Photo courtesy of Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

  • Hotel Del Coronado

    Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego

    A beautiful young woman by the name of Kate Morgan checked into the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego on November 24, 1892. Her body was found on the steps leading down to the beach five days later with a gun shot would to the head. While her death was officially ruled a suicide, a coroner reported that the bullet did not match that of her gun. According to guests and the hotel's resident historian, Kate keeps mainly to her former room and merely plays harmless pranks on unsuspecting guests.

    Photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

  • The Kehoe House

    The Kehoe House in Savannah

    Savannah, considered one of the most haunted cities in the South, is home to the Kehoe House, the setting of a chilling local legend. Rumor has it that the Kehoe family's twin daughters were killed while playing in a fireplace of one of the rooms. Guests claim to hear children running the halls, even though children are discouraged from staying at the inn, and a guest in room 201 awoke to a small child caressing her face before disappearing.

    Photo courtesy of The Kehoe House

  • Colonial Inn

    Colonial Inn in Concord

    The Colonial Inn in Concord first opened its doors to guests in 1716, making it one of the oldest inns in the country. During the American Revolution, Dr. Minot resided in the building and tended to wounded soldiers in room 24, a room that has since been plagued by paranormal reports, including sightings of a grey figure standing near the foot of the bed in the middle of the night.

    Photo courtesy of Concord's Colonial Inn

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